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The second week of April, I had to travel for work to Portland OR. I really didn't have much opportunity to get too far away from the hotel right outside the airport (I'd almost say "within" the airport, as there were runways on either side). But after a Friday all-day meeting, we went to this place for dinner. It was fascinating, and I'd really like to come back and spend a weekend there. Apparently during the early part of the 20th Century, it served as a "Poor Farm" for the destitute. It was renovated in the 90's to become a B&B-type hotel, a winery, various brewpubs, movie theater, spa, and gardens that supply the Black Rabbit Restaurant.

McMenamin's Edgefield
Troutdale OR
Canon EOS 1000D
8 April 2010


The whole place has artwork everywhere, not only hung, but painted directly on the walls and even the plumbing. This is the door to the women's room outside the restaurant. Old ladies often wear skirts, and she is waiting for the bus.


Just to be fair - here's the men's room door.


Would've loved to have seen this concert - I bet it was a great setting for him.

24. city not your hometown ☺
12. skirt ☺
17. public transportation ☺
21. member of the opposite sex ☺
16. poster ☺
18. music ☺


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Apr. 28th, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
Hey, my ex worked at Edgefield for many years. And before that at other local McMenamin's as a brewer.

"poor farm"
hm. I see that they put that on the website. I was told it was a home for bad little boys. :)

Also, a few of the rooms are rumored to be haunted. We stayed there in one of the haunted rooms one night, but i did not see a single ghost.
Apr. 28th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
I really wished I had more time to check the place out - all I really saw was the walk in from the parking lot and the hallways in to where the restaurant was.
Apr. 28th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Love that whole chain...give me a Captain Neon burger, fries with malt vinegar and a pint of Ruby and I am one happy girl!

Edgefield used to be a poor farm. It also was an orphanage and a reform school. It's adjacent to a county jail (work farm). I love the ballroom--what a gorgeous space! The gardens are great too. Haunted? Yep, I have friends who have experienced paranormal activity there.
Apr. 28th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
That meal sounds like it would have been more my speed - we went to the Black Rabbit which was a bit pricier. I guess they were figuring on our Federal per diem, but we don't get that until after the trip. Still, it was was really neat place and wished I'd had more time to explore. Getting away from the airport would have been nice too. Maybe next time.
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